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monthly news - Fri, 28 Nov 2008 15:55:38 GMT

Well. What's new? I always say that don't I? Well, that's because I'm so good at keeping you up to date. OK, so here we go: HOUSE: STILL working on the bathroom but we're getting there now. Jake has been working every weekend for about 3 months putting the tiles up in the new bathroom. The window wall is 95% finished, the right-hand wall 99% finished, left wall 60% finished and now he's decided to start on the back wall which pretty much gave up and decided to kill itself. It has split itself and half of the wall has decided to fall off. Nice! We're off to the DIY shop tonight now to get some more plasterboard (don't you just love how robust houses are now?) to fix that. My dad and I put the new towel rail in last weekend which we've had sat behind the settee for 6 months. The bathroom was so cold, when we showered, water was dripping from the new brushed steel strips! I wasn't having that as you could imagine. My Dad helped all day despite being in permanent pain with the problems he is having with his 5th facial nerve damage. I've said I will help him this weekend. I'm going to strip some paper, do some cutting in or painting to get their kitchen redecorated while he bakes the gingerbread men and women for Fiona's wedding on the 20th. The good news is, the bathroom is coming along. I desperately want to get it finished before christmas, whether or not we will manage it is another matter. WORK: I've launched my business website at so feel free to check it out and tell me what you think. I've been working with as their web designer and have completed my first project with them for Chester Cheese Shop. I'm hoping to have a good work life with them as they're nice people so far even though I haven't been paid yet! I'm hoping that's because Diane has had a hip replacement, doing well though I hear. Unfortunately, I have had a very bad experience with another company who I very much doubt I will be dealing with again based in nearby Tarporley. The owner was very unreasonable and took me for granted and seemed to think it was OK to pay me a measly 150 pounds after 17 hours work. I issued my new hourly rates and have heard nothing from them since! I'm working on some leaflets to drop through letterboxes in the local area and see if I can drum up some work. I'm hoping my new product (Phoenix) will help me. I'm offering a pre-built content managed website solution for under 450 pounds including hosting! Take a look at for more information, all feedback will help my business. Now that I'm invoicing, I've registered with HM Revenues and Customs and I've been booked onto some courses for running a new small business and becomming self employed so I'm hoping it will help me with the basics of running the business. I'm keeping a quarter of all income for tax and then the rest is my wages at the moment. If things take off, I will start to offset VAT and purchases for the business too so wish me luck! Anyone you can point my direction would be great too! I've been getting on well with some people in work. Ian, my boss's boss, Matt and Caroline have all been great. GYM: I think I'm starting to grow again now which is good, partly because I've been bad, eating biscuits all week this week but I'll be good next week. I've not been able to swim all week because I did my shoulder in by loosing concentration doing laying cable flyes (probably looking at one of the massive, tattooed guys) a couple of weeks ago. As you can imagine I'm extremely ticked off about it but I've ordered some new Aussiebum lifeguard-style, red hot pant swimmming trunks so I had be better by the time they arrive. I need to keep the swimming up. I got up to swimming a mile 5 times a week during my lunch and I was really enjoying it. It helped meeting Ben, the French exchange lad with the council, it makes swimming fast in the lane on my own more enjoyable having someone else fast and fit to talk to and look at. Don't get me wrong, I'd oggle at Jake but he doesn't swim. It's not for lack of trying. LEISURE: What leisure? We don't have much time at all. We haven't seen anyone much recently, we've spent all of our time doing the bathroom and I've been doing rb related stuff. Jake's working this saturday until 1300 though so I'll go to the gym in Bromborough and pop in and see Mark to give him the card to him and his boyfriend Jon. I'm pleased to say though that I've seen Caroline and Matt outside of work. Caroline was a Costco virgin until I fixed that the other week, she's now addicted, as is her fella, Paul. Matt called by breifly on the way home from a course the other day too which was nice so he's had a breif tour too but that didn't last long, he had to get back home to his mum bless him. So, that's about it at the moment people, Ill add more soon. Till then!!

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